Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Rain and Mud All Part of the Game; Trudging On: Rain Puts a Dampener on Harvest

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Rain and Mud All Part of the Game; Trudging On: Rain Puts a Dampener on Harvest

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Carolyn Archer

carolyn.archer@news-mail.com.au

IF YOU'VE been annoyed by the cold, drizzly weather of the past five days, spare a thought for the region's growers who have suffered crop damage and harvest delays.

The gloomy conditions have brought things to a standstill for Welcome Creek macadamia farmer Geoff Chivers.

C[pounds sterling]We were getting close to the end of harvest, but the rains brought that to an abrupt halt,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]We've had about 50mm over two to three days.

C[pounds sterling]Hopefully it will clear up quickly.C[yen]

Tina McPherson, owner of strawberry farm Tinaberries, said that, although any rain in the production season was unwelcome, June was the preferred time as opposed to August or September.

C[pounds sterling]We are very early in the season, so we're not in peak production at the moment,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]We've been picking though the rain and we have been selling rain-affected seconds. …

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